Protests Erupt in Hong Kong 💥

Lam Yik Fei /The New York Times

Lam Yik Fei /The New York Times

Taking to the streets

More than one million protesters gathered in the streets of Hong Kong this week to voice opposition against an extradition bill passing through the Hong Kong legislation. Protests are expected to continue despite reports of HK police using rubber bullets, tear gas, and pepper spray as deterrents.

What does the bill do?

The China-backed extradition bill would allow for suspects living in Hong Kong to be prosecuted in mainland China. It is speculated that the bill could lead to the endangerment of the city’s “One Country, Two Systems” principle, which establishes Hong Kong’s independent executive, legislative and judicial powers but delegates all other powers to the Chinese government.


PRO-HONG KONG PROTESTS:

The Guardian: Hong Kong's identity as a city of rights and freedom is under threat – so we protest

Bloomberg: Hong Kong’s Moment of Reckoning

Pro-Hong Kong publications staunchly support the protests. They view protesters as exercising a fundamental right to protest and to voice dissent, liberties that these articles argue will be encroached on should the extradition bill pass. They also argue that the bill could result in a forced dependence on China, which could cause a downturn for Hong Kong's booming economy.

ANTI-CHINESE AUTHORITARIANISM:

The Independent: The protests in Hong Kong reveal the insecurities at the heart of the Chinese Communist regime

Washington Post: China can’t smash Hong Kong’s spirit

Articles that are anti-Chinese authoritarianism report that the passing of the extradition bill could lead to a decrease in the freedoms granted to Hong Kongers. They believe that the Chinese government will use this bill as a means to silence journalists and anti-Jinping activists. They worry that the bill's passing could make it easier for the government’s systematic to carry out politically-motivated prosecutions.


Where's the common ground?

Much of the reporting done by western media publications heavily advocate for an independent Hong Kong. In the eyes of the west, Hong Kong has been a beacon of salvation for human rights in a country that has been accused of violating them. With China threatening to disrupt protests with tanks, many are calling for military intervention from the United States.

Hong Kong looking at China like

97cd1deb-28e4-4214-8500-4ac395f88017.gif

 

Share this story!